question about battery draining...

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  1. The Batman
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    i've had my phone for a little over a month now and it has been wonderful....

    up until last wednesday.

    for the most part i use my phone for internet and texting. very rarely do i make phone calls, but i do spend a lot of time on the web. on average i got about a day to a day and a half out of my battery before it needed recharging.

    now, all of a sudden, my battery won't last 5 hours. no idea what happened. it was working fine, i went to sleep wednesday night, and woke up with it full charged and by the time i got to work (30 minutes away) it was down to about 80%.

    i haven't changed anything, haven't downloaded any new apps or anything, wifi/gps/bluetooth are all off, but it wont hold power anymore. the only thing i did different was wednesday night some friend did some drunken karaoke and i took a bunch of video. the battery last fine all through the video and the uploading to my computer, but the next morning it wouldn't hold.

    i took it to verizon on friday, they said it could be a bad battery (which would be weird since i've had it over a month) and they gave me a new battery. i put in the new battery and charged it to full and its doing the same thing.

    and im not even doing anything with the phone. to test out its crappiness today i left it on my desk at work in lock mode. this is how it went:

    8:45 - unplugged from charger at 100%
    11:00 - 70%
    12:30 - 40%
    2:00 - 15%
    2:15 - dead

    the biggest use of power was "cell standby" with about 56% usage, the screen in second at 45% and then cell idle at about 3%

    i've done some searching but a lot of it is over my head (new to the whole smart phone thing) and can't really make much out of it. i have read a few tricks that will extend battery life, but those require changes i don't want to do (such as having to manually refresh emails and everything), that wouldn't be such a big deal except for the fact that the first month i've had the phone they all automatically refreshed and my battery still lasted 24+ hours.

    i've seen a few posts mentioning the cell standby issue but every thread i've read about that never really had a resolution.

    anyone know what the issue is here?

    thanks in advance.
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    Just because it's only a month old does not mean the battery isn't bad as in defective. It happens. Sometimes, the bad eggs get into a dozen.

    Since the VZW rep at the store mentioned it possibly being a bad battery, did you tell them to order you a new one?

    On a side note, I got the extended battery on Friday. Charged it overnight and unplugged it Saturday morning.. it's been going with pretty decent use (lots of data use, GPS, etc. all on) for 1d 10h 15m so far.

    Might be worth a look for you if you can grab one.
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    yeah, they gave me a brand new battery friday evening. it still does the same thing.

    is the extended battery larger than the regular battery? would i still be able to use it with my case?
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    Try turning auto sync and gps off if you haven't
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    maybe you should try an APP like Advanced Task Killer to make sure that all of your programs are being shut down when you are done with them.
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    "the biggest use of power was "cell standby" with about 56% usage"

    This looks like a problem
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    Had a friend who had same problem, called tech at verizon and he told him to pull battery while turned on and wait 1 min and put it back in, fixed his problem. Something about the phone creating a memory for the battery.
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    Did you ever do the *228 option 2 ?
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    The battery itself is a smart battery. There is a way to reset the chip inside, but everyone here seems to hate me posting the link to the information for some reason. =P

    @OP:
    The extended batter is slightly thicker (it even comes with a new battery cover), but I am using it fine inside my hard case... the one that Verizon sells.

    Oh, yeah, in my original reply... I forgot to mention that the phone just hit 50% charge around an hour ago. This is vastly improved over my stock battery, which would have died by now.
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    Because of what your battery usage showed, I'd suspect you are in a low signal area and your X is using up the battery searching for a good signal.
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    Task killers are not the answer... Unless the question is what should I remove from my phone.

    Typed with Swype on my Droid X and sent with Tapatalk.
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    yes, i tried the 228 option, didn't seem to do anything.

    haven't tried the removing battery thing. well, i DID remove the battery last week and left it out for a while, but that was after turning the phone off. should i try removing while the phone is on?

    yeah, it would appear that the cell stand by is the issue, but i think it may be an issue with the phone. as stated, the first month or so has been fine. then all of a sudden this issue started. same areas, same settings, so why would my signal all of a sudden be crappy enough to need to search for a better signal? especially evberywhere i go? this happens at home, at work, on the road, everywhere. could it be that the phone is defective?

    also on a possibly related note... should i upgrade to froyo?
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    I have a 2 year old LG Versa doing same thing so am going to try the 1 minute battery idea.

    I already replaced battery this past august and still fighting it hope it works a real pain to talk 5 minutes and text 5 messages and lose 2 bars poof. mystified
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    Its probably from the lack of cell signal.
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    I was getting the same thing. I ended up using SetCPU and running the cpu with ondemand scaling. I haven't seen a performance decrease either. This seemed to help the phone a lot. I had a similar time scale as you for power drain. I now can last till 6pm before the battery dies. search the forums there are some very good articles on how to conserve battery power.
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    Poor coverage destroys your battery. Look at the link in my signature for help. I hate to say it, but put your phone into airplane mode to save battery when your signal is that bad.
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    Same issue

    OP - I'm having the exact symptoms you described. Started this AM. I have had solid battery life - no issues. Today it died after 5 hours. Recharging from computer has been painfully slow, so I pulled it off USB cord, turned off and rebooted. No joy - stuck on the big M. About to try the battery pull.
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    Battery pull seems to have helped. Allowed the phone to come back up and it seems to be taking a charge properly now. Stay tuned........
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    That might be your problem, just a guess but if you haven't upgraded to froyo while its available, it might be refreshing it constantly and killing your battery which might be included in cell standby. Just a thought.
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    i went to verizon yesterday and the lady suggested using an app killer. i explained to her, multiple times, that this is a new issue and i don't understand how an app killer would fix it since i have been running all the same apps as when i got a day or 2 of battery. she said to try it for a few days and if it doesn't help then try to go back and unistall my most recent apps as they my be conflicting with froyo.

    so, answer me this, how exactly does an app killer work? because i will go in and kill everything and 2 minutes later when i go back into app killer everything is running again. so do they even do anything?

    also, what exactly does plane mode do? just kill all signal? so its essentially like having the phone off without having it off? what is the point, why not just turn it off? i guess unless you want to play games or something...

    i honestly can't see it being a signal issue since i haven't changed anything location wise, same house, same work, same roads.

    the one other thing she said it may be is that verizon (who has great outdoor signal) bought out alltell (who has great indoor signal) and verizon people are converting all alltell towers to verizon and them working on the towers in this area may be affecting my signal and thus causing my phone to search for a better one thus killing it.

    it makes sense, but also sounds like BS.

    anyway, i have froyo installed, i uninstalled the one app that i had downloaded prior to this issue beginning and am using a task killer, lets see how today goes....
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